Why is the Toyota Rush such a hit to Filipino car buyers?

Updated Apr 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Here’s why you see a lot of Toyota Rush units on Philippine roads nowadays.

Released on May 4, 2018, the third-generation Toyota Rush, also known as the Daihatsu Terios and the Perodua Aruz in other markets, is a rear-wheel-drive, seven-seater MPV with a quasi-SUV looking body.

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In a year since its release, the Rush has become a common sight on Philippine roads. In 2019 alone, Toyota sold a whopping 15,172 units of the said model, so yes, one could say that it has become quite a hit.

Now, why is that? What is it about the Toyota Rush that made it a hit among Filipino car buyers?

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A picture of the Toyota Rush on a quiet road

One large factor on why the Rush is so popular is because of its looks

SUV looks without the bulk

The Toyota Rush is essentially an MPV. It has the same parts transmission and engine as the Toyota Avanza, and it can also seat seven people. In contrast to SUVs and even other MPVs with similar seating capacities, the Rush is relatively compact.

Sure, the Avanza is smaller but the Rush is still not as large as the Fortuner. This makes the Rush ideal for city-dwelling folks who need a large seating capacity, which we can say that most Filipinos need anyway.

A picture of the Toyota Rush jumping in the city

Rear-wheel drive goodness

On top of that, one reason the Rush is doing well sales-wise is partly due to its exterior design. It looks rugged and macho much like an SUV. To back that look up, the Rush also has 220mm of ground clearance, which is 20mm more than the Avanza’s.

And lest we forget, the Rush is also one of the few rear-wheel-drive MPVs available in the Philippine market today, alongside its Avanza brother. This means the Rush is rugged, better at climbing hills, and it might even have a better weight balance.

The Rush is very attractive price-wise

For a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that looks this good and equipped with many useful features, the Toyota Rush is affordable.

Sure, you might argue that you can turn to the Avanza instead, but again, the Rush has its macho SUV styling, has better ground clearance, and a push to start button.

A picture of the Toyota Rush showing its interior

If you're a tall person, the Rush is great for you

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As of May 2020, the Toyota Rush’s base variant; the Rush 1.5 E MT is priced at Php 968,000. The top of the line Rush 1.5 G AT is priced at Php 1,100,000, which is only Php 23,000 more expensive than the top-of-the-line Avanza Veloz.

And yes, Php 23,000 is a small price to pay for more attractive looks, and all the advantages the Rush can provide, wouldn’t you say?

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Know more about Toyota Rush 2021

Toyota Rush

<p>The Toyota Rush is Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP)&rsquo;s entry to the local competitive multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. Considering its relatively large size and affordable pricing, the MPV is regarded by some as an entry-level SUV to the Japanese car brand.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to the collaboration between Toyota and Daihatsu, the Toyota MPV is introduced in 2006 as a rebadged Daihatsu Terios. And in 2018, the Japanese carmaker introduced the model in the country which instantly became a hit among Filipino car buyers until this day.</p> <p>There are many SUV-like features that the <strong><a href="https://philkotse.com/toyota-rush-price-philippines" title="Toyota Rush Philkotse Car Guide">Toyota Rush</a></strong> offers such as a relatively high ground clearance rated at 220 mm and its new seating configuration that makes seven as standard across all variants. TMP still offers the same three variants that marketed for various car consumers.</p> <p>Just like most MPVs competing in the country, the 7-seater Toyota small SUV uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine which can be paired to 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. It is considered as one of the best value for money especially for those who wish for a reliable family car.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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